How To Install Windows Using A USB Drive




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Published on Feb 8, 2014

In this video we walk through the process of installing Windows 8 or 8.1 using a USB drive.

First you will need an ISO image of Windows. You can either download an ISO image from Microsoft, or use a Windows Installation DVD to create an ISO image. In the video, we walk through the latter.

To create the ISO image from the Windows Installation DVD, we use the BurnAware Free tool, found here (any ISO imaging software should work fine however):


When installing, be aware that it defaults to installing additional software such as toolbars. You can opt out of those items by unchecking them during installation. (Pay close attention during that process - they can be subtle and easy to miss.)

Once you have the ISO Image, you can apply it to your USB Flash Drive. To do so, use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool available here:


Finally, boot the system with the USB Drive plugged into a USB port on the target computer. In some systems, you may need to enter the BIOS and enable booting via USB. If there is a pre-existing operating system on the target hard drive, you may need to go through the BIOS to force booting through the USB Drive (versus defaulting to booting through an existing operating system)


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